Object Title

Sword (ayudha katti)

Sword (ayudha katti)



Object Number



Reaccessioned on loan L221.10 to the Horniman Museum (no. 1971.38), Dreadnought Building, August 1987. Acquired before 1859, from Carnatic.

Physical Description

The blade is broad, forward curved and single edged. The hilt is of horn with an eliptical pommel plate and a hatched brass collar.


Dimensions: The overall length is 595 mm (23.5in), the blade length is 393 mm (15.5in). Weight: The weight of the weapon is 1.15 kg.

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Indian, Curg

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859: no. xv.433

Harold, Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910: no. xv.525, pl. 28

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 129

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 38


A sword exactly like this appears in a photocopy of the complete J R Gaunt & Son catalogue of about 1910 in the Birmingham City Library (copy on inv. file) as a Gurkha knife, no. 43. Gaunt's presumably copied the Tower sword. Two examples from the Taylor collection are in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, nos O.81-2.1875 and their belts O.184-5.1875. The todunga or belt loop for this ayudha katti was found in 2008 in store 1, numbered T.6, now XXVIS.241 A; it had evidently long lost its belt and chains.